of thousands of parents will have to scramble to find child care for their kids. >> paul: but in an op-ed john boehner shot back saying the sequester was the white house's idea in the first place and product of his president obama's failed leadership. joining us is dan henninger. jason riley and washington columnist kim strausel. let's start with the merits and the claims of catastrophe if those spending cuts kick in. the is that correct? >> we don't exactly know. what we do know is that the president has every incentive that it's absolutely going to be most dreadful thing. it's a 2.5% cut to the federal budget. $85 billion out of $3.8 trillion budget. if you can't find that much to cut then there is a problem. >> paul: is there enough flexibility in the sequester that the agency heads will be able to maneuver and prevent things likes cuts to air traffic control? >> that is what the republicans would like to do. democrats no want the armageddon narrative are opposed. >> paul: why is that? >> they like the narrative. >> paul: any cuts at all that are catastrophic? >> that the cuts are stloofk.